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Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
9 boxes of records, books, scrapbooks, various photographs, certificates and documents.
Fonds No.
I0021
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of news clippings, commemorative booklets and programs for Lillian, Archibald and their son, Lawrence Freiman; Lillian and Archibald Freiman: biographies/ Bernard Figler, 1962, Don’t Fall off the rocking horse: an autobiography/Lawrence Freiman, 1978; several books from the Alexandor…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
9 boxes of records, books, scrapbooks, various photographs, certificates and documents.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of news clippings, commemorative booklets and programs for Lillian, Archibald and their son, Lawrence Freiman; Lillian and Archibald Freiman: biographies/ Bernard Figler, 1962, Don’t Fall off the rocking horse: an autobiography/Lawrence Freiman, 1978; several books from the Alexandor (Bernard Alexandor married to Dorothy Freiman) library and presentation books to Lillian and Archibald Freiman; 7 Lillian Freiman scrapbooks, 1 B&W photograph of Lillian Freiman at her desk, 1 Jewish National Fund certificate (See 1-942), 1923 Canadian Zionist National Executive Certificate to Jewish National Fund (see 1-963). Another Jewish National Fund Certificate issued in commemoration of Archibald's and Lillian's silver wedding anniversary in 1928 (see 4-715). BOX 1 - Records 18th Zionist Convention: Contains newspaper advertisements for the convention held in Ottawa- 1922; 18th Zionist Convention: News clippings regarding the convention held in Ottawa July 1-4, 1922; Newspaper Clippings from a Scrapbook: Violence in Palestine, etc - 1922, 1930-1931; Correspondence from Scrapbooks: A handwritten letter to a Marcus Sperber from A.J Freiman (he signs as "Archie"), a letter from the South African Zionsit Federation to A.J Freiman, a letter from Marcus Sperber to A.J Freiman - 1940; A File of Obituaries for Lillian Freiman: Newspaper clippings - 1940; Original Memorial Tributes: A two page memorial speech by Paulina Freiman outlining some of Lillian Freiman's works, Two speeches by Rabbi Oscar Fasman - one discussing Lillian's life and work and unveiling a stained glass window in her memory - March 4, 1942, and one discussing Adath Jeshurun and the strength of its congregation over the years - March 22, 1942, a copy of the Lillian Freiman memorial edition of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin - November 13, 1940, a tribute booklet to Lillian from Hadassah; News clippings: A file of different memorial material for A. J. Freiman; News clippings: A file of different memorial material for A. J. Freiman; News clippings: Various clippings, A "Helping Hand Fund Campaign" certificate - 1919; Descendants of Lillian and A.J. Freiman: A small Bilsky family tree, Newspaper articles on Margo Roston's (nee Margo Freiman) marriage to Gordon Roston - 1961, correspondence from the Canadian Jewish Congress to the Archives Committee in Ottawa regarding material on the Freiman's - 1974, A computer printout of a photo of Jennifer Rigal (Jennifer Marcus) and Ruth Alexandor at Nahalal, Israel (un-scanned), A newspaper article on the wedding of Betsy Alexandor to Wynne Rigal - 1961, Various other correspondence; News clippings: Margo Roston. She wrote a column for the Ottawa Citizen. One article is about her marriage to Gordon Roston - 1961, and the other is an article she wrote on growing up in Freiman's Department store run by her father, Lawrence Freiman - 1995; Lawrence Freiman Articles - assorted newspaper clippings, articles, and advertisements; Freiman Silver Wedding Anniversary Programs and Painting Reproduction, Two Small Mounted Photos of Lillian and A. J. - 1928; Lillian Freiman 50th Birthday: Two programs - 1935, A hand-written letter from Lillian Freiman to Mr. Goldman of the Jewish Community Council of Ottawa conveying thanks for the well-wishes on her 50th birthday. Witten from her Meach Lake stationary; A File of Photocopied Articles on Lillian Freiman: Includes her induction into the Legion - 1934, Memorial articles and her work with the Ukrainian Orphans; Various: A poppy from the poppy campaign - 1989, An A. J. Freiman Ltd. price sticker, An A. J. Freiman receipt noting the purchase of candy boxes for Moses Loeb - 1921, A Freiman Department Store receipt - 1943; The Freiman Family Home: A small file of information on the Patee / Freiman House at 149 Somerset Street, compiled by Hagit Hadaya; News clippings: Obituaries for Audrey Freiman (wife of Lawrence Freiman), An article on Eleanor Freiman (daughter of Lawrence and Audrey) - 2005, An article on the dedication of Lawrence Freiman Lane, Memorial articles for Lawrence Freiman, A media release for the opening of the Freiman Mall - 1983, An article about Lawrence Freiman discussing the Stock Market Crash of 1929 - 1979, An article on the marriage of Paula Freiman (Paula Freiman Luxenberg) and Leon Root - 1961, and more; Memorial Articles: Articles on Lillian Freiman and her work - 1941, 1965, 1977; Two Yiddish Essays with Translations - One on Lillian - 1929, One on A. J. Freiman and Lillian giving history and discussing their works - 1984; A.J. and Ruth Freiman (this is a descendent of the original A.J.) Visit: A very nice booklet produced by Ruppin Academic Centre in Israel on the Freiman Family - 2008; Correspondence from Lillian to Lawrence Bilsky: Photocopies - 1937; Book: A wood paneled book of the Torah (1923) inscribed to Betsy Alexandor from "Aunti Julie" - 1933; A Book: A biography of Lillian and A. J. Freiman - 1959; Book: Lawrence Freiman's autobiography "Don't Fall off the Rocking Horse" - 1978; Two Editions of the Canadian Jewish Chronicle: Each edition is a memorial paper following the deaths of Lillian and A. J. - 1940, 1944; Handwritten Letter and Photograph: A letter written by William Shapiro (one of the Ukrainian orphans Lillian helped to bring over to Canada) to Lillian Freiman on August 23, 1940. The letter expresses sadness to hear of Lillian's illness and sends thoughts and prayers to her. William then thanks Lillian for her kindness and help to "us" (possibly him and a brother?) for her help when they first arrived (they landed in Quebec City in 1921). William mentions sending along his "greatest treasure" as a remembrance of that day, a photograph of Lillian with Nellie Pierce and possibly their new adoptive mother - 1940; Miscellaneous Folder: Program for Negev Dinner in honor of Lawrence Freiman - 1964; BOX 2 - Candian Legion Beret This box contains a single beret given to Lillian Freiman by Frank Potts, the Executive Secretary for the Royal Canadian Legion. There is an accompanying letter which states that the style of beret was made specifically for Ottawa servicemen in honour of a visit from the King of England. Frank wanted to send one to Lillian because he didn't "know of a better and more deserving soldier" than Lillian - 1939; Other material includes 7 scrapbooks, 1 B&W photograph, several books (books are now in long term storage). In 2009, Anna Bilsky (great niece of L. Freiman) donated two photocopied letters written to her father Lawrence Bilsky by Lillian Freiman in 1937 while he was away at University in Kingston. The originals remain with donor. Also present is a large bound book presented to Lillian Freiman in 1935, in commemoration of her 50th birthday and stored in a custom-made, carved wooden box with the Hebrew letters "lamed" and "fey" (for Lillian Freiman) set within a Magen David (Star of David) in the centre. The book's every page is hand painted with water colour and contains the handwritten names of almost every member of Hadassah groups within Canada. Some names are the person's own signature while others are written out for them. There even includes pages with the signatures of children. The book is organized into provinces (moving from East to West) with the towns and cities in alphabetical order. See detail photos within the Photographic Database at 1-944-01 to 08. One framed set of five B&W photographs/post cards. From left to right: Dr. Max Nordau, Eliezer Ben Yehudah, Sir Herbert Samuel, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, Theodore Herzl (see 1-957). A large framed document given to Mrs. Freiman on the occasion of the King bestowing the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) upon her, a thank you from the ex-servicemen staying within the Legion Shelter on Wellington St., Ottawa, and signed by those men - 1934 (see 1-971). A certificate on parchment declaring Archibald a Grand Masters Mason - 1904 (see 1-975). Mason's certificate is stored in Oversized Documents Box 1 in the vault. A Jewish National Fund certificate given on the occasion of the marriage between Dorothy Freiman and Bernard Alexandor (see 1-976). Stored in Oversized Documents Box 3 in the vault. Panoramic of the 6th Annual Hadassah Convention - Ottawa, Sept 7, 1930 - Held at Meech Lake, Quebec (see 1-911a to d). An exquisitely decorated parchment document presented to Mr. and Mrs. Freiman on their silver wedding anniversary by the Ukrainian War Orphans - 1928 (see 1-977-01). The document is stored in Oversized Documents Box 3. A decorated document presented to Mr. and Mrs. Freiman upon their founding of the Ottawa Talmud Torah school and signed by its president - 1924 (see 1-977-02). Document is stored in Oversized Documents Box 3. A zinc (?) token from A. J. Freiman's Department Store, given out on the occasion of their 22nd birthday sale - 1922; *De-accessioned Items from Library and Archives: MG 28, V.16* 1. Montreal Yiddish newspaper - "The Eagle" - June, 1912 (see 1-980-01/02). 2. Hand-written letters, one in Hebrew and three in English, possibly pertaining to the building of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue - July 4, 1895. Letters are very faded and difficult to read, could use transcription as of September, 2011 (see 1-980-03 to 06) 3. Sheet from The Daily Eagle, Yiddish newspaper printed in Montreal -June 30, 1912 (see 1-980-07/08). 4. A sheet from "The Jewish Standard" - January 5, 1934. Contains an article on Lillian Freiman titled, "Lillian Freiman, O.B.E. - An Intimate Account of the Work of One of the Greatest Women Canada has Known," as well as an article on the back titled, "The Congress Ideal - An Analysis of the Purpose and Significance of the Canadian Jewish Congress." (see 1-980-09/10). 5. A birth certificate for an unknown individual written in possibly a mix of German and Polish - Ca. 1898 - translation needed as of September, 2011 (see 1-980-11). 6. A marriage certificate written possibly in a mix of German and Polish - Ca. 1898 - translation needed as of September, 2011 (see 1-980-12). A full newspaper advert for Freiman's Department Store - July, 1925; (Ad is stored in Oversized Documents Box 3)
Date
1903 - 1996
Fonds No.
I0021
History Biographical
Lillian Bilsky was born in Mattawa, Ontario on June 6th, 1885, the daughter of Moses and Pauline Bilsky. At the age of eighteen, she began her charitable and philanthropic career as a Canadian leader by attending her first Zionist Convention in Montreal in 1903. On August 18, 1903 she was married to Archibald Freiman in Ottawa. In 1919, Mrs. Freiman, as President of Canadian Hadassah, toured Canada on behalf of Hadassah and organized chapters in every province. One of Mrs. Freiman’s outstanding accomplishments was the organization of the Jewish War Veterans’ Committee in 1920. Subsequently she went to Europe and brought over 150 of these children to Canada for adoption. In Ottawa she was for many years President of the Ottawa Ladies’ Hebrew Benevolent Association and active in the Perley Home, the Girl Guides Association and in many other societies, both Jewish and non-sectarian. For her welfare work for war veterans she received the rare distinction of a life membership in the Canadian Legion. In 1934 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for “leadership in Jewish charitable organizations”. She died in 1940. Archibald Freiman, was born at Wirballen, Lithuania on June 6th, l880 and came to Canada with his parents in 1893. He attended public school and business college in Hamilton, Ontario. At the age of 19, he joined his father’s business, the Canadian House Furnishing Company of Kingston, Ontario and in 1902 they moved the business to Ottawa. In 1910, A. J. Freiman & Co. was still a modest business but under his guidance it grew into one of the largest department stores in Canada. Like Mrs Freiman, he began his remarkable career as a Zionist leader during his teenage years. Commencing in the Ottawa Zionist organization, he rose to occupy a position on the World Zionist Organization’s Actions Committee. In 1920, he was elected President of the Zionist Organization of Canada. Between 1905 and 1930, Mr Freiman was president of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation. In 1934 he became the first President of the Ottawa Vaad Ha’Ir and continued in that capacity until his death in 1944. Lawrence Freiman, son of Lillian and Archibald, assumed the presidency of A. J. Freiman Ltd. in 1931.
Notes
1. Finding aid available. 2. Scrapbooks donated by Betsy Rigal, October 1999. 3. Photograph donated by Betsy Rigal, February 2000. 4. Freiman family fonds at Library and Archives Canada MG30, A82
Access Restriction
Scrapbooks must be handled with extreme care and no photocopying is permitted.
Related Material
Related material in Ottawa Hadassah-Wizo fonds, Carole Anders fonds.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Portrait of Lillian Freiman.

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
b&w
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 1-005
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
b&w
Date
pre 1923
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 1-005
Storage Location
vault
Creator
Topley, Ottawa
Notes
1. 35mm slide by Shier Berman, Aug 1987. 2. Date based on Topley's studio closing in 1923.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Group photograph with one of the Ukrainian orphans upon their arrival in Quebec City.

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Sepia
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 1-1152
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Sepia
Date
August, 1921
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 1-1152
Storage Location
vault
Notes
1. L-R: Lillian Freiman, William Shapiro?, William's brother?, Unknown (Possibly an adoptive mother), Nellie Pierce (of Montreal). 2. Nellie went on the ship to Belgium with Lillian and was also very involved with the drive to bring the children over. The elder boy is most likely William Shapiro (as opposed to the younger one), who sent the photo to Lillian at the end of her life with a beautiful and moving letter that stated that the photo was one of his “greatest treasures” and he was sending it to Lillian as “a remembrance of that day.” She got the letter in late August/early September and she passed away a short while later on November 2. 3. The woman holding the younger boy is most likely their new adoptive mother, though it's not entirely certain. The accompanying letter implies that the young boy is William’s brother. 4. He wrote the letter in 1940 and if he was 11 or 12 as he looks in the photo, he would have been about 30 or 31 at that time. 5. The letter and the photograph and the envelope is contained in BOX 1 of the Archibald and Lillian Freiman Family fonds.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Portrait of A. J. Freiman (Archibald J. Freiman).

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Sepia
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 1-1153
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Sepia
Date
ca. 1895
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 1-1153
Storage Location
vault
Creator
Pittaway
Archival / Genealogical
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Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Lillian Freiman along with Dr. Leo Motzkin, president of the World Zionist Organization, and Dr. Moses Eisenstadt, Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox Russian Jewish community of Paris, France.

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
b&w
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 1-1154
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
b&w
Date
June 17, 1925
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 1-1154
Storage Location
vault
Notes
1. Rabbi Moses A. Eisenstadt (Moshe Eisenstadt) was the Chief Rabbi of Petrograd (Leningrad, then St. Petersburg) in Russia before moving to Paris. 2. L-R: Rabbi Eisenstadt, Lillian Freiman, Leo Motzkin, Unknown. 3. The inscription on the back of the photo reads, "Dr. Motzkin - Chaiman of all World Zionist Congresses. Rabbi Eisenstadt Chief Rabbi of Paris (an incorrect statement - he was Chief Rabbi of the Russian Orthodox commnity). Tour of Ontario to raise funds."
Archival / Genealogical
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Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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One of nine photos from the funeral of Lillian Freiman.

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
b&w
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 1-1155
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
b&w
Date
November, 1940
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 1-1155
Storage Location
vault
Notes
1. Photos show the outside of Adath Jeshurun synagoge, the crowds in the street, the coffin covered in poppies and the hearse.
Archival / Genealogical
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Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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A United Deliveries truck unloading poppies for Poppy Day off of a plane.

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Sepia
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 1-1156
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Sepia
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 1-1156
Storage Location
vault
Notes
1. The inscription on the back of the photo says this: “Rush Additional Poppies to Ottawa by Aeroplane: So great has been the sale of Poppies in Ottawa that workers were yesterday faced with a shortage and through the courtesy of the Minister of National Defense an R.C.A.F. plane was dispatched to Montreal for additional supplies. The scene shows P. R. Cronsberry – President of the Ottawa Command, Canadian Legion, and other workers transferring cartons of Vetcraft Poppies from the plane to a trunk to be rushed to Ottawa Poppy Day Headquarters. The plane was piloted by Flying Officer Bryans, R.C.A.F.”
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Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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A group photograph with the ladies of the Poppy Campaign.

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Sepia
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 1-1157
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Sepia
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 1-1157
Storage Location
vault
Notes
1. The inscription on the back of the photo says this: “R.C.A.F. Plane Helps Poppy Day Workers: So great has been the sale of poppies in Ottawa that additional supplied had to be rushed from Montreal by aeroplane. Scene shows group of Poppy Day officials and workers at the Rockliffe Airport immediately after the arrival of Flying Officer Bryans, R.C.A.F, from Montreal, with additional supplies of poppies. Left to right: W.E. Ashton – Canadian Legion; Misses C. McDonald; Alice Dinwoodie; M. Ogilvie; Bert Minskip; Miss Betty Birkett; Flying Officer Bryans; Mrs. A. J. Freiman – General Convener, Poppy Day; Mrs. H. H. Rowatt; Wing Commander Godfrey, O. C. Rockliffe Airport (behind); Miss Helen Moore; Mrs. Douglas Blair – Lady Clerk; Lt. Col. Cronsberry – President Ottawa Command, Canadian Legion; Miss Isobel Christie.”
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Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Portrait of Lawrence Freiman accompanied by Christian officials at unknown event.

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
b&w
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 1-1205
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
b&w
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 1-1205
Storage Location
vault
Notes
1. Date and event unknown.
Archival / Genealogical
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Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Maroon beret with yellow emblem gifted to Lillian Freiman by the Royal Canadian Legion.

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Fonds No.
I0021; OJA 1-1210
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Date
May, 1939
Fonds No.
I0021
Item No.
OJA 1-1210
Storage Location
vault
Notes
1. The beret and the letter accompanying it are kept in BOX 2 of the Lillian and Archibald Freiman collection within the vault.
Archival / Genealogical
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Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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